What is the library asking for?
On August 7, 2018, the Allegan District Library will ask voters to renew .85 mills for library operations.
Is this a tax increase?
No. This is not a tax increase.
The Library is requesting renewal of the operating millage voters approved in 2010 when the Library District was formed.
How much will property owners pay?
Property owners will continue to pay the same rate they have paid since 2010.
No additional tax is being requested. The cost to an individual property owner in the Library District depends on the value of a property. For a home in the Library District with a taxable value of $100,000, the cost of the renewed millage is $85 per year.
What will the renewed millage pay for?
Since 2010, the operating millage has paid for materials, services, digital resources, programs, technology, staff, utilities and other building operations. The renewed .85 mills will continue to pay these operating costs.
The millage is dedicated to pay for operating costs only. This fiscal year, the .85 mills generated $409,500 or about 74% of the Library’s operating budget of $551,900.
What does the ballot language say?
Allegan District Library
Library Millage Renewal
Shall the Allegan District Library, County of Allegan, be authorized to levy a renewal of the previously voted increase in the tax limitation, which expires in 2019, in an amount not to exceed .85 mills ($.85 on each $1,000 of taxable value) against all taxable property within the Allegan District Library district for a period of ten (10) years, 2020 to 2029, inclusive, for the purpose of providing funds for all district library purposes authorized by law? The estimate of the revenue the District Library will collect in the first year of levy (2020) if the millage is approved and levied by the District Library is approximately $416,000
When does the renewed millage take effect?
The renewed millage takes effect in 2020, after the millage approved in 2010 expires.
Why is the library asking for the millage renewal now?
The .85 mills approved by voters in 2010 expires December 31, 2019. The request to renew the millage is being placed before voters in 2018 since there are no elections scheduled in the Library District during 2019. To save the cost of a special election in 2019, the Library proposal will appear on the August 2018 primary ballot.
How can I learn more about the millage renewal?
Contact the Library Director Ryan Deery at firstname.lastname@example.org or (269) 673-4625.
Come to a Community Information Meeting in the Carnegie Meeting Room.
Saturday, May 26 at 9:30 AM
Monday, June 4 at 2 PM
Monday, July 9 at 7 PM
Who can vote on the library’s millage renewal proposal?
Registered voters in the Allegan Library District are eligible to vote on the millage renewal proposal. The Allegan Library District has the same boundaries as Allegan Public Schools.
Where can I get more voter information?
Find information about registering to vote, voter ID requirements, requesting an absentee ballot and voting precincts here. https://alleganlibrary.org/voter-information/